I didn’t pay anyone to testify against Magu-Malami

I didn't pay anyone to testify against Magu-MalamiI didn’t pay anyone to testify against Magu-Malami

The Federation Attorney-General and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami has said he has not procured witnesses to testify against anyone before the panel led by Justice Ayo Salami.
The panel is examining Mr Ibrahim Magu, the suspended chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In a statement released Monday in Abuja by Dr. Umar Gwandu, his media assistant, Malami said he was not saddled with any duty to secure witnesses for the tribunal, nor conspired to witch-hunt anyone.

He said the minister’s office’s attention was drawn to a ‘flimsy accusation’ made by one Victor Giwa, Esq alleging that he had connived with a Mr Donald Wokoma witch-hunt him for refusing to testify against Magu before the Justice Salami-led panel.However, he dismissed the accusation as ‘fictitious, baseless, and a figment of mischief makers’ imagination, because Malami never discussed such a matter with the said Giwa.

“The Honourable Attorney-General never met Giwa and has never discussed any issue with the so-called Donald Wokoma nor did he ask anybody, personally or by proxy, to engage the so-called Victor to testify against Magu.

“He did not set up the investigation panel to probe Magu and is not saddled with any responsibility to procure witness(es) for the panel.”

He added that the Attorney General was never a member of the jury, nor does he fall within the scope of the jurisdiction of the AGF to invite witness(s) for a jury of the presidential probes.

“The claim by Victor Giwa, Esq is therefore fictitious, unfounded and a figment of the imagination of mischief makers who want to court unnecessary attention and tarnish the good image of the Minister”

“They are also laboring ceaselessly, these days, to falsely cast aspersions on the AGF’s hard-earned reputation.

“The Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation hereby calls on the so-called Victor Giwa to come and substantiate his allegations with details of the following:

“When did Victor Giwa meet the AGF on the issue? Where did he meet the AGF on the issue? How was the meeting? Was it by proxy? Or did the AGF send a representative?.

“In what capacity was the representative, if any, sent? What were the terms of their engagement? What was the claimed `offer’? How was the so-called offer to testify against Magu made? Who were the witnesses?”, the statement read.

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